December 4, 2007
|Today's hike was on the Jacks Knob Trail over to the Appalachian Trail and continuing to a point beyond Chattahoochee Gap. Total hike approx. 8 miles.
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Joe Raguckas, Dan Ross, Bob Thompson, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker.
TRAIL INFO. - Starting at the parking lot on Hwy. 180 at the intersection for the access road (alt 180)to the Brasstown Bald Visitors Center, the Jack's Knob trail heading southward leads 2.4 miles to the Appalachain Trail at Chattahoochee Gap. This portion of the trail is very hilly. From Chattahoochee Gap southward, the trail has one moderate climb over one mountain and down to a very long flat potion of the A.T. This is probably the longest flat stretch on the Georgia portion of the trail. It follows an old roadbed and you pass a series of culverts made with stacked stone that we think were built in the 1930's by the C.C.C.
Directions: Drive North from Helen, GA on Hwy 75 past Unicoi Gap and continue down the other side of the mountain and continue to the intersection of Hwy 180. Turn left on Hwy. 180 and drive to the Hwy. "alt 180" intersection on the right (stop here). There is a parking lot at this intersection for access to the Jack's Knob Trail.
Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy, windy, and very cold. Temperatures ranged from the upper 20's to the low 40's with winds 20-30 mph!
Hiking distance - 8 miles
Difficulty - Difficult early then moderately easy.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: none!
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Carolina Chickadee, Junco.
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Parking at Jack's Gap
Marker near the start
Another great day for a hike!
Nice mountain views looking back toward Brasstown Bald. .
Zooming in with the digital camera, we get a good view of the Brasstown Visitors Center.
Chattahochee Gap on the Appalachian Trail.
A cold lunch on the A.T.
Another nice view!
Infomation board near Jack's Gap.
Photo not from today's hike but an answer to an oft-asked question...
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Dick Metzgar. (l-r back) Dan Ross, Jack Jacobi, Joe Raguckas, Bob Thompson, June Bellamy, John Bellamy.